Isabel II turns 95 this Wednesday without her husband, the duke of edinburgh, the great support in her almost 70 years as head of the British state, but with a family crisis that shakes the monarchy in the final stretch of his reign.
It will be a sad day for the queen after him death, on the 9th at the age of 99, of Prince Felipe, the consort who knew how to accommodate the demands of the State since his wife ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952.
Due to the pandemic, the queen remains in the castle (palace and fortress) of Windsor, on the outskirts of London, where the solemn funeral of the duke took place last Saturday.
With the death of Prince Philip, her confidant and adviser, Elizabeth II continues alone the last years of her reign, one of the most important and longest in UK history.
Respected and admired by her subjects, almost to the point of devotion, the queen is in the transition period of the monarchy, which began a few years ago when she stopped traveling abroad and saw her official commitments reduced due to her advanced age.
Prince Charles, heir to the throne, and the Duke of Cambridge, second in line of succession, have taken a step forward by representing the sovereign on official visits abroad or in some of her functions on British territory.
According to experts, the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, and the withdrawal of the Duke of Sussex (son of Prince Charles and Diana of Wales) from the monarchy may hasten the transition, although Isabel II promised before assuming the throne never to abdicate.
The prestigious constitutional expert Robert Hazell, from University College London, told EFE on Tuesday that “the queen has dedicated her entire life to public service and has made it clear that she has no intention of abdicating. She is incredibly hard-working, but it is possible that she will decrease ( its activity) gradually “.
This it will allow Prince Charles and other members of the royal family to undertake “other public commitments, while (Elizabeth II) fulfills the functions that only the monarch can do, “Hazell said, referring, for example, to the opening of Parliament.
In case the queen cannot assume her duties “because she is physically or mentally ill, then Prince Charles can be the regent under the Regency Act of 1937,” he added.
Family crisis over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
The withdrawal of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, of the monarchy more than a year ago and the controversial interview that the couple granted to the American presenter Oprah Winfrey, last March, have caused a new crisis in the royal family.
In that interview, recorded in the house where they reside in Los Angeles, the Dukes they came to accuse the monarchy of racism and of not having responded to the help that Meghan Markle said she had asked the family for when she felt almost suicidal impulses.
Frictions between 36-year-old Prince Henry and his father were clearly visible at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, as no dialogue was observed between them at the end of the service.
Although princes Guillermo and Enrique spoke on the day of the funeral, the media assure that The Duke of Sussex will return to the US this week without having resolved the problems with his family.
The conservative newspaper ‘The Daily Telegraph’ affirms this Wednesday that Prince Henry met on Saturday, after the funeral, with his father, brother and the Duchess of Cambridge at Frogmore Cottage, the house located in Windsor where he lived before moving to USA.
According to the press, the four of them spoke for two hours, but with no positive progress, after Prince Charles did not accept that his youngest son used a television interview to air the family’s problems.